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Prayed for 15 times.

Eric Swanson

Please continue to pray for the Kempson family as they grieve the loss of their son, Harvey William Kempson.

Justin and Jenni have invited their church family to attend Harvey's Memorial Service this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. here at College Park Castleton.

Thank you for your prayers and support for this dear family. If you would like to know more ways to support the Kempson's please contact me at eswanson@yourchurch.com

Received: January 31, 2019

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Prayed for 6 times.

Carla Johnson

I asked for prayer and he answered mightily. My daughter and I had healing in our relationship and I saw signs of their hearts softening towards God. Praise His name. Thanks for answered prayers.

Received: January 30, 2019

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Prayed for 7 times.

Carla Johnson

I will be flying to California Thursday to spend 6 days with my non-believing alcoholic daughter, Cynda and her husband Michael. Please pray for a good communication time between us and for me to trust God that I can love them with his love. Thank you.

Received: January 22, 2019

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Prayed for 7 times.

Eric Swanson

Update: Greg and Melanie let me know that their granddaughter was released from the hospital and the doctors have ruled out a metabolic issue and are believe they are able to treat her high ammonia levels. Praise God for his faithfulness and pray that follow up tests are all clear! Thank you for praying!

Received: January 20, 2019

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Prayed for 7 times.

Eric Swanson

Update: Early Rain Covenant Church

Last week, Jessica and I were able hear an update from her parents about the persecution of the Chinese church. The persecution by the authorities continues to increase as they are detaining or imprisoning those who try to gather for worship and are even separating families from their children to deter them from gathering as a church. Amidst the heightened persecution, the church continues to find ways to gather in homes and find ways to encourage one another in the Lord. There also stories of how in prison the Chinese believers are witnessing to the guards and inmates that they are in chains for the sake of Christ and people are coming to faith.

Prayer requests:

  1. Please pray for physical safety for the families as the Chinese authorities are using forceful methods of intimidation.

  2. Please pray for opportunities for the church to gather to encourage one another and be strengthened by the Word without interference.

  3. Pray that those in prison would be released. Pray as they wait on the Lord, that the gospel go forth and bear fruit.

Thank you, church!

P.S. Just to be clear, Jessica's parents are American citizens and are now back in the states after being detained for 6+ hours by the Chinese authorities when they tried to enter the country in October. Thanks for praying!

Received: January 15, 2019

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Prayed for 6 times.

Eric Swanson

Update: Please continue to pray for Greg and Melanie Dages 9 month old granddaughter, Micah Grace, who is now at Riley Hospital. Her labs come back showing signs of a metabolic issue and kidney problems, but without a clear diagnosis. Pray that the Lord would give the doctors wisdom and the family comfort as they plead before the throne of grace.

Received: January 15, 2019

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Prayed for 11 times.

Eric Swanson

Please pray for Greg and Melanie Dages 9 month old granddaughter, Micah Grace, who has been admitted to Peyton Manning Children's hospital with some abnormal blood tests. There is not a lot of information at this point, but please pray that the Lord would give the doctors wisdom as they care for this little one.

Received: January 11, 2019

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Prayed for 11 times.

Monica & Luke Jones

Please pray for my dad who was admitted to the ICU two nights ago for heart problems. He is in a-fib (irregular heart rate) and they cannot get it to convert back. They are running many tests, one that has revealed blood clots in his lungs. Amongst this, he also has pneumonia. Please pray that his heart would respond to the medication, that the doctors would have wisdom when anazlyzing tests, and that he would get rest. He is exhausted and in pain. Thank you. - Monica

Received: January 11, 2019

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John & Marguerite havard

Thank you church for your prayers for John’s parents. His mother Wilma passed this afternoon. We’re thankful for the many opportunities John and our daughters had to visit her over the past two months. His dad Bob is struggling with grief and exhaustion. Bob has several major decisions to make in the next few weeks and needs wisdom. We would appreciate your prayers with us over these matters. Most of all we pray Bob would experience God’s presence and respond to His redeeming love. Thank you friends-

Received: December 30, 2018

I prayed for this

Prayed for 11 times.

Eric Swanson

Please pray for my in-laws home church in China. Over 100 pastors, elders and members have been taken by the government and yet they still hold fast to the gospel and gathering together.

Here is a letter from one of the church leaders:

"How the Church Should Face Persecution:

Beloved brothers, sisters, and fellow workers:

Thank the Lord! Just as the year 2018 is about to end God has given us a reward in the form of this large-scale persecution that arrived on December 9.

Since yesterday evening until noon today, over 100 pastors, elders, staff, brothers and sisters have been taken away. As of now we still do not know where they all are, and even if we did know it would be difficult for us to help them. But, thankfully, we know for certain that the Lord’s loving face is shining upon them. They are within the gracious, sovereign providence of the Lord. He will be with them in the midst of their chains and trials.

The Apostle Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Pet. 4:12-14)

Beloved brothers and sisters, do you have joy? Are you rejoicing in the fact that you are suffering with Christ because of this church? Do you know that we are blessed? The Lord is bestowing on us poor people today treasures of glory from heaven! The Lord himself is bestowing on us weak people comfort from heaven! The Lord Jesus is shining on us blind people his great light. Those of us brothers and sisters standing on the front lines of the gospel war will earn great spiritual riches!

Thank the Lord for being with us in this trial. Thank the Lord for cultivating us according to his true Word! Thank the Lord for training us through these days of hardship! Thank the Lord for sculpting us through today’s persecution! May the Lord give us great joy and true hope and make us strong through reliance on him.

What these next two days or next few weeks hold we do not know. These days are in the hands of the Lord. Just as he turns the dew into frost and the rain into snow, just as he makes the fragrance of the plum blossom waft across the bitter cold, we are in the hands of the Lord. How wonderful it would be if, because of this suffering, we might be able to give off the sweet fragrance of the gospel!

Beloved brothers and sisters, I’m afraid this “great persecution” will become the status quo for us in the future. I don’t know if you know this, but three years ago on December 9, persecution was officially unleashed against Living Stone Church in Guiyang. Police also went to the homes of those brothers and sisters one at a time. They would use multiple police officers and community workers to control just one person. Their small groups were also broken up one by one. How should we respond to these things in the days to come? According to the contingency plan prepared by our session of elders, there are a few things we must do.

  1. Those elders who are still free must take up the responsibility of pastoring the whole church, waiting for the pastor and elders to be released. If Pastor Wang Yi is not released within 48 hours, those elders who are still free must lead the church down the next stretch according to the order decided on previously.

  2. Regardless, Early Rain Covenant Church must not alter the statement of faith and the path of openness that it has proclaimed publicly in the past. And we will not alter our previous stance on the relationship between church and state (正教分立) or our beautiful spiritual inheritance from the Chinese house church of walking the path of the cross. We will not register with the Religious Affairs Bureau; much less will we join the Three-Self Church.

  3. We will not easily relinquish our church building and retreat to our small groups. Regardless of who is leading the church, they must try to return to the church building that God has given us. Neither paper seals nor arrests should hinder our determination to worship in our church sanctuary. Unless all elders, preachers, and seminary students able to lead public worship and the preaching of God’s word lose their freedom, we will not retreat to small groups. If we cannot enter the church building, we will rent another place. If there is no place indoors where we can worship, we will begin worshiping outdoors.

  4. Meeting in small groups is our last resort. If there is even a very small possibility of worshiping together as a whole church, we will not retreat to small groups. But if we must meet in small groups and encounter opposition while doing so, we are willing to pay an even greater price to bear witness to the great work of the gospel in our lives. We are willing to have 200, 300, or 500 people arrested and imprisoned. May the whole world know that we are joyfully willing to receive this persecution for the sake of our faith.

Beloved brothers and sisters, I am writing this letter in “hiding.” May you all be filled with joy in the gospel of Christ. May you welcome, filled with hope, the even heavier cross and more difficult lives that lie ahead of you.

“Christ is Lord. Grace is King. Bear the cross. Keep the faith.” This is the vision Early Rain Covenant Church received from the Lord. May we all obtain it, cherish it, put it into practice, and live it out!

Loving you all,

Elder Yingqiang December 10, 2018"

Received: December 11, 2018